Ruby Tuesday: Vivi Andrews

Hear ye, hear ye! It’s time for another edition of Ruby Tuesday, that day when we sit down with one of the Rubies and rake her over the coals get to know her a little better. Today we welcome paranormal romance author Vivi Andrews! Take it away, Vivi!

Name: Vivi Andrews

2009 GH Category & Title: Easy Money, Single Title Contemporary

What Happened to That Book: It’s still sitting on a shelf, waiting for its turn.



What subgenre(s) do you write?  I’m published in paranormal romance, but next year I’ll also be returning to my contemporary roots with a new pen name (woot!).  I’ve tried my hand at the occasional YA manuscript as well and used to play around in fantasy, but nothing has come of those yet.

When did you start writing? (And why?) I began writing when I was thirteen – a fantasy story with wizards and princes. I wrote then for the same reason I write now – because I’ve got to get the stories out of my head somehow.

How many books have you written?
Published: 5 novels, 15 novellas
Scheduled to release: 4 novels, 1 novella
On the shelf: 9 (ish) novels, 1 novella – several of which will NEVER see the light of day, though some have definite potential

Vivi’s Upcoming Lone Pine Pride Release

What are you working on now? I’m currently working on the 5th book in my Lone Pine Pride shape-shifter romance series (Tangling with the Tiger, Fall 2015). The second book in the series, Taming the Lioncomes out in two weeks. (Squee!)

Where do you get your best ideas? In the car or the shower. Anywhere I can’t immediately write them down, it seems.

What are your favorite subgenre(s) to read? Paranormal, YA, Contemporary, and Historical.  I’m a junkie for all things Nalini Singh, Kristan Higgins, Jennifer Crusie, Sarah MacLean, Victoria Dahl and Scott Westerfeld.

What was the first romance you ever read? I think it was called Secret Fire. A Johanna Lindsey about an English noblewoman falling in love with the Russian prince who abducted her off the street and drugged her with aphrodisiacs because he just decided he had to have her. Can you say Old Skool?

What’s your day job? Writer! And I seriously love being able to say that!

What was the first job you ever had? Grocery bagger. I was awesome at it.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had? Renting motor homes to tourists. I was awful at it.

College? I graduated from Northwestern University (Go Cats!) with wonderfully useless degrees in theatre and theoretical mathematics.

Marital status? Kids?  I sometimes feel like I am the only old maid romance writer on the planet. But I am a deeply kickass aunt. My sister’s kids are my favorite people on the planet.

Where are you from? Alaska! I travel a lot and am currently (temporarily) living in Manhattan, but I will always be a west coast girl. My family hails from Hawaii, but my folks moved to Alaska for an adventure when they were first married and it stuck.

Vivi at a Tiger Sanctuary in Thailand doing "research" for her shape-shifter series

Vivi at a Tiger Sanctuary in Thailand doing “research” for her shape-shifter series

Where would you build your dream house? My dream house would be a boat – going with me wherever impulse took me.

If money were no object, where would you go on your dream vacation? Antarctica! I want to go so badly.

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to? I LOVE travel, so this is a hard one. I adored Cambodia, and it was incredible to see Egypt, and pretty much all of Europe rocked, so… yeah, I’m not sure I could pick just one place.  It’s like picking a favorite star.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Wanderer, adaptable, and… um… nerdy?  I love geeking out over stuff.

What piece of random trivia would you use to entertain a new acquaintance at a cocktail party? My grandfather was the obstetrician who delivered Barack Obama. No joke.

What’s your astrological sign?  Leo.  Rrrawr.  (No wonder I write about lions.)

Vivi’s Upcoming Print Release in her Karmic Consultants Paranormal Rom-Com Series

What is your Myers-Briggs designation?  I’m right on the line between INTJ (the Mastermind) and INTP (the Architect).

What is your favorite movie of all time? The Philadelphia Story. I’ve been addicted to it since I was twelve. (Though The Princess Bride occasionally fights for dominance and Midnight in Paris came close.)

Do you like sports? What team(s) do you follow? I’m a total baseball junkie. GO MARINERS!!!!

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?  Give yourself permission to suck. It’s always easier to edit later than to try to perfect everything as it comes out. The best work happens when we aren’t trying to finesse everything. Just let it fly.

What is the best writing advice you ever received? So many things! But probably “Write the book you want to read.” I’m a big fan of pleasing yourself first.

Thank you, Vivi!

26 responses to “Ruby Tuesday: Vivi Andrews”

  1. Gwyn says:

    Well, now we know where you get your adventurous spirit, Vivi; it’s a genetic predisposition. From Hawaii to Alaska? Talk about culture shock. Parkas are a far cry from surfboards. I’d have been running back to the warmth at breakneck speeds. 😉

    You are so intrepid, you continue to amaze and inspire.

  2. Elizabeth Langston says:

    Oh, Vivi, where do I start? 🙂 You are so cool!

    Antarctica is amazing. Go! Just sit on the deck of the boat and squeal every time you see a penguin float by (which means you’ll be squealing a lot.)

    And I am a mastermind too. We are introverts in an extroverted world.

    • Vivi Andrews says:

      LOL. I’ve certainly never been one of the cool kids before! 🙂 I am SO JEALOUS that you’ve been to Antarctica. I bow down to your awesomeness.

      Introverts Unite! (but, you know, in our own little corners with lots of personal space and alone time)

  3. Kim Law says:

    I love Ruby Tuesday day!!!

    Of course, I think I already knew all of this about you, but I’m always wowed when reminded about your Obama connection. That’s so cool!!

    You live such a fun life. I want to go back in time and be you 🙂

    • Vivi Andrews says:

      It is fun! No complaints. But I do sometimes fear I have lost my chance to breed adorable little mini-mes. I’d be an awesome human incubator. So, you know, trade-offs.

  4. The Mastermind and the Architect? Sounds like you’ll be (quietly) taking over the world, Vivi. LOL Is that why you’re doing all the traveling? Hmmm…

    I CAN NOT WAIT for your contemporary series to debut. And the Lone Pride series…yum. And love that pic of you and the tiger!

    But you forgot to mention your mad dancing skillz… 😉

    • Vivi Andrews says:

      I have been known to shake my booty on occasion. LOL. Those Harlequin parties wouldn’t be even a quarter as much fun without you and Jenn gettin’ your groove on with me!

  5. June Love says:

    I can’t believe you were never one of the cool kids. You’re so amazing, so adventurous, and so knowledgeable. You never cease to surprise me with revealing tidbits of your life. You’re a free spirit who travels where the wind blows you…kind of like Mary Poppins. 🙂 I love that about you.

    I’m excited you’re getting back to writing contemporaries. I can’t wait to read them. Congratulations on your soon-to-be release!

    Oh, I have to add one thing: I’m sure you were an awesome grocery bagger. All male baggers should be trained by a woman. Seriously.

  6. I had several comments forming in my mind as I read this, but one pops to the top: WHAT ON EARTH WERE YOU DOING SO CLOSE TO THAT TIGER????!!!!

    What sort of safety measures were in place? I’m not admonishing you. (Maybe a little). You obviously didn’t die, so it worked out just fine. I’m mostly curious/horrified!

    • Vivi Andrews says:

      I deserve the admonishment. It was Thailand. They weren’t so much with the safety measures. That big kitty was very sleepy and had a collar on that you can’t really see that attached to a chain he was lying on–but he still could have probably killed me without trying too hard. My heart was beating SO FAST and I’ve never had my fight-or-flight instinct kick in so hard as when he rolled over toward me. It was dumb – but sometimes I LOVE dumb. I’ll never forget what he felt like.

      • Glad to hear you were afraid! Some people think that just because they’re allowed to do it, it’s safe to do. I don’t assume safety in American zoos, either. If people only knew how often animals really escaped enclosures, they’d act with more caution.

        But I once did something similarly silly in Mexico involving a pit full of enormous alligators, so I’m not judging you!

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      I love the emotion “curious/horrified.”

      And, Jamie, YOU GOT NEAR ALLIGATORS??????

      I wanna pet a tiger, but alligators, no thank you, ma’am.

  7. Rita Henuber says:

    You are amazing and special. I feel honored to know you.

  8. Tamara Hogan says:

    Vivi, I have told more people than you can possibly imagine that I know the grand-daughter of the doctor who delivered Barack Obama. IN HAWAII, thank you very much. 😉

    • Vivi Andrews says:

      LOL. Yeah, I have to thank the Birthers for their dedication to the birth certificate thing or we never would have recognized his signature and known it was him. 🙂

  9. Laurie Kellogg says:

    I loved that Johanna Lindsey book, too, Vivi. But in fairness to the author, I need to set the record straight. The HERO did not drug the heroine. It was his man servant that did it. The hero was horrified when he discovered what had been done to her. And he made very sure she didn’t suffer. 🙂

  10. Elisa Beatty says:

    Love reading this, Vivi, and learning more about you!! (And now I understand the Facebook reference about petting the tiger….man, you didn’t just PET that tiger, you were right there in his space. And I’m jealous!!! That’s totally on my bucket list.)

    I did know already that your grandfather was Obama’s obstetrician. I’ve actually used that fact to talk down a couple “birthers.”

    Such a cool life!!

  11. Yay vivi! Loved learning more about you! And yep, my ideas (or solutions to my plot problems) normally come in the middle of the night. I always swear I’m going to remember them, but by morning…poof, they’re gone.

    I can’t wait to read your contemporary! You do such a great job with your shifters, so I have no doubt it’s going to be some mighty good reading.

    Alaska is on my bucket list, so to live there…le sigh. 🙂

    • Vivi Andrews says:

      I adore Alaska, so I hope you make it up there. And yes on the midnight ideas! I keep a notebook by my bed because I have to write them down or I forget all the good stuff.


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